St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- A man groped a 17-year-old girl and police believe he was attempting to kidnap her when he was thwarted by a good Samaritan in St. Paul. The teen was walking Friday about 12:45 p.m. and said hello to a man who was walking by, said Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman. The man suddenly grabbed the girl’s arm and wouldn’t let go.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- This year’s Minnesota State Fair was yet another record-breaker. Attendance over the 12 days this year was 1,997,320, the Fair announced Tuesday morning. That beats last year’s record of 1,943,719. Along with setting the record for the year, fairgoers also broke three daily records.
ST. PAUL — About 200 fast-food workers and community allies rallied for a strike Monday morning, Sept. 4, to push for a $15 minimum wage. "Hold the burgers, hold the fries, make our wages super sized," attendees chanted, according to Stephanie Gasca, one of the event organizers. Fast-food workers organized with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (an organization dedicated to "building the power and leadership of low-wage workers," according to its site) for a rally in the morning and a day-long strike.
FARMINGTON, Minn. -- A woman was shot in her Farmington home multiple times by a man she knew Sunday night, Sept. 3, police said. The 25-year-old female victim, whose name has not yet been released, was transported to a hospital for surgery and was in stable condition Monday, according to a statement from the Farmington police. The victim was reportedly attempting to go upstairs when she was shot three times. She then made it outside into the driveway, where she collapsed. Her parents, who she lives with, assisted her.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- Five people, including three motorcyclists, died on Minnesota roads Wednesday, making it one of the deadliest days this summer, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Motorcyclists were killed in separate crashes in Apple Valley, Bloomington and near St. Cloud, authorities said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities have charged a St. Paul man in connection with the shooting of an innocent bystander in downtown Minneapolis last week. Delorien Chatman, 28, is charged with two counts of assault and one count of possession of a firearm by an adjudicated delinquent. Chatman's bail has been set at $500,000.
MINNEAPOLIS — A 24-year-old Hopkins man has been charged with killing his 67-year-old neighbor with an ax-like tool last week, the Hennepin County attorney's office says. According to a Monday, Aug. 28, criminal complaint charging Mitchell Edward Hoogenakker with second-degree murder, he went to the home of the victim, John Gallagher Jr., on Friday morning.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. -- The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas has condemned the Swastika carved by unknown vandals into a putting green at the Crystal Lake Golf Club earlier this week.
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. — Minnehaha Academy has been given the OK to temporarily house its high school students in the former Sanford-Brown College campus in Mendota Heights. The city council on Wednesday night, Aug. 23, unanimously approved an interim-use permit that allows the Minneapolis private Christian school to use the former college space for its approximately 350 students in grades nine through 12. The school is planning a Sept. 5 start.
ST. PAUL — Two people have been charged with federal crimes after authorities say they found a pipe bomb inside their vehicle in St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood last week. Prosecutors charged Frederic Pittman, III, 38, of Roseville, and Monttraill Lamar Claiborne, 40, of St. Louis, with aiding and abetting the unlawful possession of an explosive device, according to the criminal complaint filed against them in federal court. Claiborne also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.